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for america's top dogs. >> it doesn't get any better. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. late today, the president weighed in on the political phenomenon that is donald trump. president obama was answering a question at a news conference today, and he did not mincet words: >> i continue to believe mr. trump will not be president. and the reason is, because i have a lot of faith in the american people, and i think they recognize that being president is a serious job. it's not hosting a talk show, or a reality show. it's not promotion. it's not marketing. it's hard.le >> pelley: well, republicans
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nicki haley, the governor of south carolina, said she will t not endorse trump before the primary there on saturday. in fact, haley said trump is everything a governor does not want in a president. major garrett is with the trump campaign in south carolina. major? t >> reporter: scott, we asked the campaign for reaction, and donald trump told me the following directly: all of this came at the end of a day with attacks among all the republican candidates.e >> i've never seen a human being lie so much. he lies about everything. >> reporter: it was another "pants on fire" day in southd carolina, as both donald trump and marco rubio accused ted cruz of being dishonest. >> i hate to say it about a person, but actually, during the debate, rubio called him a liar, so i felt a lot better.sp >> he spent the last two weeks literally just making stuff up. >> both donald trump and marco rubio have this very strange
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their actual record, if you point to the words that come out of their mouth, they don't respond on substance. they just scream, "liar, liar, liar." >> reporter: in a lengthy facebook post, trump contends cruz misled voters by quoting past positions on abortion and health care. trump now describes himself as pro-life and against obamacare.is rubio told us cruz distorts on many fronts: >> didn't tell the truth aboutrs ben carson in iowa, he's not telling the truth about my position on marriage, on planned parenthood. he even has an ad pulled down by the stations because they were untrue. >> reporter: trump has also questioned ted cruz's mental health.re >> ted cruz is desperate. look, he's a-- i think ted is a very unstable guy. >> reporter: the texas senator called for increasing the sizeze of the u.s. military in a speech aboard the u.s.s. "yorktown." we asked cruz about trump's "unstable" charge, as he walked off the wwii aircraft carrier: >> major, the reason donald insults is because he can't defend the substance. he can't dispute substance
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>> reporter: jeb bush tweeted this picture of an engraved firearm he received at a gun show here. scott, jeb bush was trying to explain his love of the second amendment, but his tweet was met mostly with mockery. >> pelley: never seen a primary like this. major, thank you very much. the latest cbs news poll shows trump is leading his closest rival in south carolina, ted cruz, by better than two to one. on the democratic side, hillaryy clinton leads bernie sanders by 19 points, as both of them court african americans.s. here's nancy cordes. >> and we pray for bernie sanders. >> reporter: as one candidate met with black ministers in columbia, south carolina, the other sat down with civil rights leaders in harlem, both of them trying to send the same message. >> my campaign is really about breaking every barrier. >> reporter: today, clinton proposed a $2 billion plan to reform school disciplinees policies that she says are
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>> and we will dramatically expand support for guidancers counselors, school psychologists, and social workers. >> reporter: sanders focused on black incarceration rates. >> tell me why in the richest country in the history of the world, why we should have more people in jail than any other country on earth. anyone tell me why? ( applause ) >> reporter: clinton is leading among south carolina african americans by nearly 40 points. she sought to cement that advantage today by implying sanders is new to the fight forby racial equality. >> you can't just show up at election time and say the rightri things and think that's enough. we can't start building relationships a few weeks before a vote. ( applause ) >> reporter: he argued the civil rights movement inspired his fight against wall street greed. >> but people didn't cower.
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people kept going forward. that, my friends, is courage.ep >> reporter: both candidatesup bring up race more frequently than then-senator barack obama did back in 2008., perhaps, scott, because he was all too aware back then of then biases that clinton and sanders are highlighting now. >> pelley: nancy cordes for us tonight. nancy, thank you. at the supreme court today, thefi chair filled by justice antonin scalia for nearly 30 years was draped in his honor. scalia died apparently in his sleep over the weekend at the age of 79. d senate republicans want to delayrl replacing scalia for nearly a year so the next president can make the choice. but today, mr. obama said he plans to follow the constitution. >> historically, this has not been viewed as a question. there's no unwritten law that
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off years. that's not in the constitutional text. i'm amused when i hear people who claim to be strict interpreters of the constitution suddenly reading into it a whole series of provisions that are not there. there is more than enough time for the senate to consider, in a thoughtful way, the record of a nominee i present and to make a decision. >> >> pelley: the president this afternoon. now to the weather. e severe storms pummeled the east coast today. snow and flooding rains were in the north. the south woke up to thunder, lightning, and twisters. david begnaud is there.ter: >> reporter: at least fourhr tornadoes barreled through southiddl florida in the middle of rush hour this morning. 86 to 110-mile-per-hour winds ripped the top off this 18i- wheeler on florida's busy i-95 it
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its side. david matienzo was on his way to work.n hi >> it was basically like the "twister" movie. that's basically, the best way i can describe it. all of a sudden, something like a metal sign, just like bam, like flash, hit the front of my car and shattered the window. >> reporter: these strong gusts tore roofs off buildings. uprooted trees, and tossed some on to houses. a power line snapped, starting ai. fire in this residential area of miami. this same storm system also spawned an ef-3 tornado late yesterday in century, florida, that's on the alabama border. the over 135-mile-per-hour winds flattened cars and destroyed southern mississippi was also hit.op in copiah county this home was demolished.ol malcolm erwin lives nearby. i >> it sounded like a low-flying jet. it really did. >> reporter: here in miami,er those 100-mile-per-hour winds tossed this tree like a toy. look at the base.m i'm 6'1", and it's nearly enough to swallow me. scott, tornadoes here are not
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because of el nino, southul florida could get more tornadoes just like they did today wellmarc into the month of march.elle >> pelley: david begnaud, thanks.wi these wild weather swings that we've seen are caused, as david, said, in part by the phenomenon known as el nino. that's the warming of the to pacific that leads to drought in much of africa and storms and high temperatures on america's west coast. we have two reports on this tonight, beginning with benou tracy in southern california. >> reporter: this is winter on th the west coast, withun temperatures running 15-25 degrees above normal, it looks and feels more like july than february. >> it is so hot outside. it's crazy. we're just kind of embracing it and going with it. >> wow, look at this. >> reporter: californians were expecting this-- nonstop rainstorms fueled by one of the largest el ninos on record. but after heavy rains last
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a hot and dry streak. it's been 15 days since a drop of rain fell in los angeles. nasa climatologist bill patzert famously called this massiven band of warm water in the pacific ocean a godzilla el nino, predicted to drench drought-ravaged california. is this godzilla more bark than bite? >> el nino remains immense. it's had a powerful impact over the last six months. and even this winter, all the volatile weather we've had across the united states, the fingerprint of el nino is on all these events. >> reporter: turns out, the el i nino is so big, it shifted thest jet stream further north, allowing storms to batterth northern california and thees pacific northwest.ke rain-soaked cliffs near san francisco have been droppingn dr into the ocean.. but these northern storms are also dramatically boostingti california's snow pack, now the n deepest it's been in more than a decade. spring snow melt will help fill the state's depleted reservoirs
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water supply. the temperature hit 90 degrees here today in los angeles, and that is a new record for this date, but forecasters say theyno still expect those el nino rainsco and cooler temperatures to hit los angeles and, scott, they sayxt that will happen in the next couple of weeks. >> pelley: ben tracy for us tonight. ben, thank you.en well, there has been precious little water in southern andni eastern africa where el nino is scorching the earth. the u.n. says as many as adr million children are at risk of starvation. many are in the tiny nation of lesotho, and we sent debora patta there. >> reporter: dawn breaks over ha khabele. villagers hope for rain, but it promises to be another scorching day. 70-year-old malepota makara wakes her five grandchildren, most of them orphaned by aids.e it doesn't take long to get the
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that's because there is nothing to eat. like everyone else in the village, makara's crops have failed. "it is painful," says nine-year- old litipitso, "to go to school without food." "this drought," his grandmother explains "is more severe than i have ever seen." makara knows instinctively what experts have confirmed-- this is the strongest el nino on record in southern africa, delaying the rains and putting 14 million people at risk of starvation.ai a pitiful burst of rain innt recent days has coaxed out some greenery. it's a cruel illusion, as it's come too late.is this should be lesotho's rainy season. normally i wouldn't be able to stand here because i'd be waist high in water. instead this river bed is bone dry. u.n. humanitarian coordinators
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what's ahead. >> the rainfall has been delayed to an extent that people haven't been able to plant the crops that they need to survive.op so we're looking at people having not enough to eat, at least until 2017. >> reporter: at school, makara's grandchildren get their one meal of the day-- a bowl of watery porridge and some corn. but as the country's grains supplies run out, schools are worried they will have to stop their feeding schemes. water is a concern, too. lesotho's government trucks deliver water to the villagesil but it's not enough. a nearby dam has a two-week supply left before it, too, runs dry. at home, makara manages to manages to scrounge for a few unripened peaches for the younger children, and later when the brothers and sisters return, she rests for the first time.
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"if i can just give them food and love," she sighs, "then theye will be fine." lesotho desperately needs at least $27 million to feed people on the brink of starvation, butey they are battling to attract the attention of international donors, scott, who are already over-stretched dealing with other global crises. >> pelley: remarkable reporting p from debora patta tonight, who is back in johannesburg. deborah, thank you. in just a moment, what you need to know to prevent deadly accidents at rail crossings. and, private letters reveal a close relationship between a
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pope john paul ii. private letters reveal a close friendship with a woman that lasted for decades. mark phillips has the story. >> reporter: he was then a young polish cardinal.sh she was a polish american writer, and married. yet, when karol wojtyla, the man who would become pope john paul ii, began to collaborate with anna-teresa tymieniecka on a translation, something more than a book happened. they wrote to each other for theli rest of their lives, his letters recreated in a bbc documentary. their relationship would test the cardinal's vow of celibacy. particularly, he says, the words, "i belong to you." malina malinovsky brokered the sale of the letters to the polish national archive. >> i do believe she completely fell in love with him during the
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relationship. >> reporter: they didn't just write. d they spent private times together, at her property in vermont, skiing in poland. in the old communist days when he was in krakov, she had her letters hand delivered to him, so party officials couldn't use the whiff of scandal to undermine this popular priest. even when he became pope, he didn't stop. >> "i am thinking about you. he wrote, in my thoughts i come to pomfret-- her house in vermont-- every day." when he died, friends say, but the vatican won't confirm, she was at his bedside. the pope's letters are now public. anna-teresa tymieniecka's h letters to him have not been published. what a story they might tell.
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>> pelley: >> pelley: the federal railroad administration is imploring states to inspect stop lights at. rail crossings. many of them are not timed properly. kris van cleave is looking into this. >> reporter: federal regulators say this shouldn't happen.affi a traffic light did not turn g green long enough to give this semi truck enough time to getai off the tracks before the train approached.y the driver survived, but many don't. since 2013, 96 have died, another 419 were hurt at intersections where the stop lights are interconnected with the railroad equipment. sarah feinberg is the federal railroad administrator. but if the technology is there, why does it keep happening? >> if the traffic signal is working the way that it should, if it's connected the right way to the railroad crossing equipment, we should be able to keep people off the track when a train is coming. >> reporter: tonight, the federal railroad administration is issuing a safety advisory,ns asking states to inspect the traffic signals at roughly 5,000
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crossings nationwide. >> it's really important to monitor these lights to make sure that the signals are note, t losing a second over time, toe make sure that traffic's moving through.r >> whenever drivers are approaching railroad tracks, they just have to assume that a train is coming.anny >> reporter: dr. lanny wilson's 14-year-old daughter, lauren, died when the car she was riding in was struck by a train. >> it seemed like she had the sit world on a string, sitting on a rainbow, and we were there with her until that crash. s and then since then, we've done a lot to try to prevent this tragedy from happening to other families. >> reporter: regulators are also asking that event recorders beal installed in these traffic signals to help determine if the signals are factoring into accidents. scott, regulators are working with companies like google to share g.p.s. data so one day drivers will be warned as they approach train tracks. >> pelley: in a moment, dogs
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nevada. 8 news now breaks down the biggest spenders leading up to the caucus - next at 6. > after dr phil today at four. >> pelley: tonight is the grandr finale of the westminster dog show, a super bowl without the tailgating, just the tail.r. here's don dahler.ep >> reporter: rumor has it-- >> there you go! >> reporter: the german shepard named rumor is favored to win best in show tonight. fro the four-year-old female frome wisconsin wowed the crowd yesterday, taking best of breed honors.r, her owner, kent boyles. t what's the difference, if you can put it into words, between a true champion dog and just ad really well-trained dog? >> well, she's very close to the breed standard. she's aesthetically a really beautiful animal and good attitude.
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>> reporter: and most of the 3,000 dogs do seem to enjoy the attention, the primping, and the cheering crowds. judge michael faulkner has been involved with show dogs since he was nine years old. hearing the cheering, what is it about dogs that makes this event so big? >> that bond between dog and man is so important, and then you add competition and applause and glamour and, you know, it doesn't get any better. >> reporter: the seven new breeds in this year's competition raise the number to 197, and include some faces and hairstyles many fans have never seen before. it took jackie walker over 10 years to get french herdingsh dogs, berger picards, into the big show. what kind of process does it take to get a breed accepted? >> it's been a very long one.nt there are many different stepse that you have to go through,if putting on different shows and tests.r: >> reporter: all to reach the ultimate test-- performing iner r
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but in the midst of the pomp andt pageantry, what is sometimese lost is why we love these animals so much. dogs just being dogs. don dahler, cbs news, new york.s >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight.
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around the world, good night.outage... blamed on a technical glitch. we take you live to metro headquarters to find out what a "broadcast storm" is... and how it kept locals from getting in touch with a 9-1-1 operator quickly. ((paula francis)) > a barrage of campaign ads... flooding your t-v. i'm bernie sanders, and i approve this message.")) and it's only february! which candidates are spending the most money in nevada... ahead of the november presidential election. ((dave courvoisier)) > she seemed unbeatable until she
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the suicidal thoughts fighting superstar ronda rousey faced after last year's loss... and why she's still on top in < news music voice over: "now, nevada's first choice for news. this is 8 news now at 6." > ((dave courvoisier)) > 9-1-1 calls taking upwards of 50 minutes to connect... instead of the usual seconds. thanks for joining us... i'm dave courvoisier. ((paula francis)) and i'm paula francis... earlier this month... 9-1-1 callers had good reason to worry.. when the service experienced an outage that put them on hold. today though... we finally got an explanation. ((dave courvoisier)) 8 news now reporter vanessa murphy is live at metro headquarters with what they found. ((vanessa murphy)) metro police say they don't know how many 9-1-1 callers were affected as a result of this failure because information was wiped out when the system was reset. this was compared to resetting something like your cell phone to a factory setting - think about your computer crashing and

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